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Leroy Sane has signed for Bayern Munich

Leroy Sane has signed for Bayern Munich

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Leroy Sane has signed for Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola admits he could not stand in Leroy Sane's way as the winger nears a move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City.

City are understood to have agreed a deal worth up to £54.8million to sell the 24-year-old.

Former Bayern manager Guardiola said: "It is not already done, there are still some little issues, but it looks like he is going to go to Munich.

"He wants to leave. Everyone has his own life. I would love him to stay here but he decided to leave because believes he will be better and happier.

"I give him a big, big thanks for all the years together. I wish him all the best in his new chapter at a fantastic club like Bayern Munich."

Guardiola is a big admirer of his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp, who he faces tonight

"I don't know him that well but I admire him and the way his teams, not just in Liverpool, but in Dortmund, play a type of football that is always a benefit for world football.

"It is a positive thing to try to score goals and this kind of manager helps a lot. Jurgen is a big, big example for this."